Graduate Orientation 2024

Fall Orientation 2024

Orientation for Fall 2024 will be a combination of remote sessions throughout Summer, as well as an in-person component right before classes start. Additional dates and times will be available soon.


  • Graduate Student Department Orientation: REQUIRED
  • The Department Orientation for new students is still being developed – this year we will have a hybrid of online and in-person sessions. The online and in-person portions of orientation dates are listed at the bottom of this page. Throughout these sessions, we will have general and program information, Area Advising Breakout Sessions, and other important information. An in-person orientation agenda with more information will be emailed to you in early September. More information will be posted in August/September.
  • Office of Graduate Studies Orientations
  • You should complete Aggie 201.  This online orientation can be viewed at your own pace, and provides a resource and services overview for new graduate students. It is recommended to finish this by the start of instruction. 

    Students are also invited to attend the Graduate Student Resource Fair, International Graduate Student Orientation (IGSO), and Holistic U sponsored by Graduate Studies. These events are social and academic orientation activities and workshops for graduate students and postdocs. These events will be held in mid-September. Registration generally opens in August, and more information can be viewed here.
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation
  • REGISTRATION COMING SOON! Please be sure to register by the priority deadline

    All students who are hired as Teaching Assistants (TAs) are required to attend the Campus TA Orientation. All students are highly encouraged to attend the TA orientation now in case they become a TA later in the year. CEE Students will attend the orientation on Monday Sept. 23. More information, and registration, can be found here.

    We encourage you to read the TA’s Guide to Effective Teaching at UC Davis over the summer prior to the TA Orientation.

    • Students are required to complete all sections of the orientation.
    • More information about applying for Teaching Assistant and Readership positions in CEE and around campus can be found in the FUNDING section of this page.
    • More information about the English requirement for Teaching Assistant positions can also be found in the FUNDING section of this page.
  • Mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention (SAP) Training
  • To complete the SAP requirement, students will receive an email invite in which they will need to access and complete the online Sexual Assault Prevention module via Everfi.  After six weeks from the date assigned, a registration hold will be placed on the accounts of students who did not complete the SAP requirement.  The hold will prevent them from registering for 2024 Winter Quarter classes.

    More information can be found here.

    The university’s policy on sexual harassment and sexual violence.
  • Student-Parent Pre Orientation 
  • The Student Parent Pre-Orientation is June 10. Be sure to check out their resources HERE

    Questions?  Contact the Student Parent Working Group at

Graduate Student Department Orientation [REQUIRED]

Virtual Orientations

*All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or UTC-07:00

Click on each session below to get more information/find the recordings!

  • Program Welcome and Degree Requirements (REQUIRED) 
    Program Welcome
    MS Degree Requirements
    PhD Degree Requirements

    Host: Prof. Miguel Jaller (Graduate Advisor for Civil and Environmental Engineering)

    Session Description: In this welcome session, Prof. Jaller will provide an overview of the department, registration, degree requirements and more!
    Presentation slides
  • All About Funding (Optional)
    Host: Lauren Worrell, Graduate Program Coordinator

    Session Description: Overview of funding at UC Davis and in CEE.  Please review our Student Funding page in advance of attending.  Opportunities for questions, but specific student funding situations will not be discussed. 
    Presentation slides
  • Computing, IT, Building Access, Safety, and the CEE Business Office (Required)

    Hosts: Reuben Castelino, Jessica Hazard, Sylvia Liu

    Session Description: Introduction to the IT and computing resources in CEE.  Learn about how to gain access to our building, graduate computer labs, and research labs.  Overview of department safety and safety training confirmation.  Overview of the CEE Business Office and the services they provide.

    Note: This session will satisfy the initial safety training that is required for building access!
  • Non-Engineering Degree Background Course Requirement (Optional) 

    Host: Lauren Worrell, Graduate Program Coordinator
    Highly recommended for students who do not have an engineering degree.

    Session Description: Overview of courses needed for students without an engineering degree.  The majority of this session will be Q&A, so it will NOT be recorded – if you can’t make this time, you can schedule individual advising as needed.

    Students who have a previous engineering degree do not need to complete the background course requirements. 
  • Area Advising (various dates)
  • Student course advising is from our outstanding CEE Faculty.  While PhD students generally have an assigned major professor, many MS students will be advised by the "Area Advisor" or "GPC Rep" (Graduate Program Committee Representative). Come to the Area Advising to talk to the faculty area advisors about your classes, the program, and more!


    Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Engineering

    Geotechnical Engineering

    Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics

    Transportation Engineering

    Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Engineering

In-Person Orientation: Sept. 24, 2024

Location: All full group sessions will be in Giedt Hall

  • Orientation check in
  • Session Description: Check in, get information packets, and have your picture taken for our Graduate Student Board outside of Lauren's office in Ghausi Hall!

    Note: Breakfast/coffee will not be provided. You can find breakfast/coffee at the Peets location in the Silo or the CoHo South in the Student Community Center.
  • Faculty Welcome
  • Session Description: Formal welcome to the Department and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree Program with Department Chair, Dr. Christopher Cappa
  • Meet the CEE Staff
  • Session Description: Meet the CEE Staff that can support you through your time at UC Davis.  The Financial Analyst team, business office, and other personnel will tell you about how their roles. 
  • Break
  • Time to take a short break and travel to the next location
  • Area Advising (various locations)
  • Session Description: Faculty Advising is the most important part of getting a good start in the graduate program.  Faculty will be talking more about the program, coursework, and answering your questions.

    Environmental: TBD

    Geotechnical: TBD

    Structures: TBD

    Transportation: TBD

    Water Resources: TBD

  • Meet and Greet Lunch (Please RSVP), Ghausi Lobby/Bainer Lawn
  • Session Description: Students are invited to join us for a social, outdoor lunch co-hosted with some of our wonderful student groups.  This will be an opportunity to get to meet other students in person!

    Lunch will be served as a grab-and-go style in Ghausi Lobby, and students will be eating outside on the Bainer Lawn (grass seating).  Temperatures can be high in September in Davis, so please consider hats/sunscreen, and bring plenty of water! 
  • Student Panel
  • Session Description: Come hear from some of our current students with their tips and advice!
  • Q&A with the Graduate Program Coordinator (OPTIONAL)
  • Session Description: Still have questions?  Feel free to stay and ask any questions with the Graduate Program Coordinator, Lauren Worrell